Hello to everyone who follows our awesome blog! Lauren here- new TRIO UB Director (previous Braham/Mora Advisor, more to come on this).Now, I know it has been some time since our last blog post but I am hopeful we can have a TRIO blog revival this year! There have been lots of changes in the Upward Bound office at ARCC-Cambridge and we are excited to finally be settling in and finding our groove. I say “some time” since our last post- let’s be honest… it’s been a year. Let me tell you about some of the happenings in this past year to catch you up.
- I have taken the Director position for our UB program – exciting stuff, I’m learning every day! I have really enjoyed the transition into this role and the support from the UB staff has been tremendous. Thanks y’all.
- We have hired 3 new Advisors to work with our students (insert lyrics from David Bowie: ch-ch-changes)
- Clarissa Kostka: St. Francis Advisor- She is a SCSU grad (go huskies) and has a strong love for animals, coffee and Harry Potter- so in other words- she’s awesome!
- Kasey Perell: Braham/Mora Advisor- She is a UMD grad (go bulldogs) and is one of those always-happy people that adds lots of sunshine to the office, if your having a bad day just go visit Kasey for an encouraging “woo-hoo!”
- Corey Hemphill-Crowder: Princeton/North Branch Advisor- he is a UofM-Morris grad (go cougars.. not going to lie, I had to google that one) and he is a Bears fan.. so we still have work to do. However, he has an adorable son that he brings in to visit sometimes so we are going to keep him around!
- Emily Galzki is our Cambridge-Isanti Advisor and she is the veteran of the Advisors now. Emily is a SCSU grad and is the go-to creative brain in our office. She always has a way to put a creative twist on things and make the ordinary stuff extra-awesome.
- Lisa Oestreich is our Administrative Assistant- she keeps the ship from sinking- we would be lost without her! Lisa is a great advice giver too- you can always count on a good idea from Lisa when your stuck.
- We Moved!! If you haven’t been to campus in a while don’t try finding us downstairs- we have upgraded to a new location! You can find all the TRIO UB people in D229 (across from Financial Aid and records). It’s a nice, cozy space with a view so it doesn’t get much better than that!
We are just a few weeks past our summer program that ended with a trip to The Wisconsin Dells- I am going to post a separate blog on this in the very near future- its too much awesomeness to fit in this post. Maybe Monday, prepare yourselves.
We are currently hard at working putting together a plan for the 2016-2017 school year and we think our students are really going to enjoy what we have up our sleeves. It’s crazy to think that we are entering year 10- yes, YEAR TEN of the Upward Bound program here on campus! Ten years of awesome students who have come through the program and gone into the world to experience post secondary education, live our their dreams and become successful in their careers and their lives.
I’m excited to give you a re-cap of the summer program from this year and our epic summer trip so stay tuned!